Anime Spotlight: Blast of Tempest

by Justin Sevakis,

October, 2012 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director - Masahiro Ando
    (Sword of the Stranger, Hanasaku Iroha, CANAAN)
Series Composition - Mari Okada
    (Black Butler, Vampire Knight)
Music - Michiru Oshima
    (Fullmetal Alchemist, Xam'd: Lost Memories)
Animation Production


“The time is out of joint: O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!”
     - Hamlet, by Shakespeare


One day, a sorceress princess was stuffed into a barrel and banished.
One day, a single girl was suddenly murdered, and the culprit still runs free.
And one day, a battle spanning time and space over magic and revenge began!
Sanity and madness, sense and intelligence, self-confidence and convictions.
The tragic tale of this irrational world starts now.

The Kusaribe family is a family of sorcerers under the protection of the “Tree of Origins”. Their princess, Hakaze Kusaribe, was the greatest sorceress of their family. But Samon Kusaribe, a member of their family seeking to resurrect the “Tree of World's End”, a tree that opposes the “Tree of Origins” and controls the power of destruction, stuffs her into a barrel, and banishes her to a deserted island. From the deserted island, she sends a message out to sea, which is picked up by Mahiro Fuwa, a young boy who's sworn vengeance upon the criminal who killed his little sister, Aika. Mahiro agrees to help Hakaze under the condition that she find Aika's killer with her magic. But once Mahiro's best friend and Aika's lover, Yoshino Takigawa is rescued from danger, he too gets dragged into this tale of revenge.


Yoshino Takigawa
VA: Kouki Uchiyama
Yoshino used to live a normal high school life, but after his friend Mahiro gets him involved, he decides to help them save the world. He's able to asses matters calmly, which helps him keep Mahiro from acting recklessly. He used to date Mahiro's departed sister, but they kept that a secret from him.

Mahiro Fuwa
VA: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Mahiro is a young boy who makes a deal with the sorceress Hakaze in order to find the one who killed his sister and their parents. With Hakaze's advice, he's able to make use of magic through magic tools. He's full of self-confidence and his actions often surprise others.

Hakaze Kusaribe
VA: Miyuki Sawashiro
Hakaze is the princess of the sorcerer family, Kusaribe, and the most powerful sorceress in history. She was caught in a trap by Samon, a member of her family who opposed her ideas, stuffed in a barrel, and banished to an uninhabited island where she couldn't use magic.

Aiko Fuwa
Aika is Mahiro's sister who was murdered last year. She was lovers with Yoshino, but they pretended to dislike each other to keep Mahiro from finding out. She often quoted Hamlet and The Tempest.


Yoshino Takigawa
Kouki Uchiyama
Mahiro Fuwa
Toshiyuki Toyonaga
Hakaze Kusaribe
Miyuki Sawashiro
Samon Kusaribe
Rikiya Koyama
Evangeline Yamamoto
Nana Mizuki
Junichiro Hoshimura
Hirofumi Nojima
Natsumura Kusaribe
Junichi Suwabe
Tetsuma Kusaribe
Hiroyuki Yoshino


Original Creators
Kyo Shirodaira
Arihide Sano
Ren Saizaki
(Published in Monthly Shonen Gangan,
Square Enix Publishing)
Masahiro Ando
Series Composition
Mari Okada
Character Design
Tsunenori Saito
Michiru Oshima
Art Concept Design
Tomoaki Okada
Color Design
Shihoko Nakayama
Art Design
Ayumi Sato
Art Directors
Tomoaki Okada
Ayumi Sato
Chief Animation Directors
Masaru Oshiro
Kanno Hiroki
Director of Photography
Go Kanbayashi
Ayumu Takahashi
Sound Director
Wakabayashi Kazuhiro
Animation Production
"Blast of Tempest" Production Committee

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